I have been working on wedding projects for Amy & Dustin. I have been working & planning for quite some time on their special day! It is coming up quickly. Both live & work in northern CA. The lovely couple is my son & my new daughter in law! I love making things for couples.
Sharing a little tutorial for this banner. It is made with burlap & painted paper with chalk paint & chalk lettering added to it. As requested it has Mrs. & Mr. instead of Mr. & Mrs. for the banner due to how the couple will be seated at the table. But, we all know who rules the house, lol…Nah, its a partnership!
- Supply List:
- Woven burlap or Coffee Bag Burlap
- Quality Card Stock (not thin)
- Glue for fabric & paper (Yes *paper / fabric glue)
- Clear Gesso
- 1″ or 2″ paint brush
- Measuring tape
- Black Chalk Paint (or color of your choice)
- Acrylic Fixative (so chalk won’t wipe off)
- stencil or (hand write)
- Embellishments such as flowers or crystal hearts …*optional
- Wheat or burlap colored thread
Now that you have gathered your supplies this is how to do it yourself with this step by step tutorial.
Step by Step:
1 Cut burlap rectangles ( size 5″wide x 7″ tall /height ) You’ll need 6 for this project or adjust # to what you need if you change what is on it.
2 Find a shape you like & cut out 6 on quality card stock (not super thin scrap-book paper) & then apply clear gesso (no water on brush-you can dampen bush prior, but make sure to squeeze out all the water ) to each one one side only. Don’t worry if it curls a little it will flatten as it dries.
3 When gesso is dry add 2 layers of chalk paint (let dry completely in between paint layers! ) If you can’t see through then move onto the next step if you can see through to paper chalk paint a 3rd time
4. A) Give it plenty of time to dry 2-3 layers completely need hours (grab a cup of coffee, catch up on some laundry, pet the kitty, play with the kids…) Then come back with or without a stencil & chalk your words onto the dry chalk painted paper! Be careful, but also know you can take a damp cloth & wipe off chalk dust, slip ups, cleaning up detailing! Notice the chalk marks here (pic 5) & there wipe what you can off let dry. (don’t worry too much, you will final coat black chalk paint later)
4 B) Take your chalk lettered pieces outdoors, on a covered area spray lightly with an acrylic fixative so chalk won’t dissipate or rub off I used Fixativ 2070 purchased via Dick Blick but, you should be able to find something similar from a hobby shop or Michaels. (don’t freak out it looks like it disappears until it starts to dry) let dry completely!!
4C) While it’s drying sew banner together I used a twine I measured *(amount will vary on where you hang it allow for extra twine on each side which you can always cut shorter later) & lined it up prior to sewing. Keep word letters closer together, allow for spaces between words and the & sign. If sewing loosely woven burlap make sure go go around edges of rectangles with stitching first so you can pull off the frayed strands & it won’t unravel. ( that unraveling by the R, I just pulled it right off )
4D) Once all letters are dry use a good glue for fabric & paper to adhere to burlap. I used Yes ( it is a great glue used for many things including bookbinding) Make sure what you pick dries clear! Allow to dry completely
5) chalk paint over areas that need touching up let dry (don’t get too close to your lettering) & spray matte or glossy finish to protect it
6) let dry completely in a sunny area if possible, then hot glue or hand sew on flowers or embellishments & your done!
Don’t expect to complete this banner super quickly, but the results are amazing in person! It has this country chic, rustic romantic look that you are going to love, love, love!
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